Thursday 11 July 2019

4th Adult Hex Jacket

Loving these cosy Hex Cardies especially the granny shell version.
The plain colour solid granny i started is a bit boring to make, love the yarn but struggling to keep working on it for long periods so i've started the 4th version in  
James C Brett Marble dk, in the white/grey colour way

US Terms
For this version i'm doing a different stitch reduction for the sleeve section.
The usual basic pattern is 3dc [granny shell], ch1, for all 6 sides 
I am using 3dc, ch1 for 5 sides and 3dc, ch3, 3dc in corners, 

but for the sleeve section, I'm using 2dc, in each space and no chain with the corners of 3dc ch3, 2dc, the 2dc is on the sleeve section, 

this reduces the width of the sleeve section when folded into the 'L' shape for half the cardy. These stitches are mostly under the arm so its hardly noticeable that its a smaller stitch 
I'm also using a double sided version for this one, by turning every row so it will be reversible too.
Approx. 20 rows, join on the sleeve top seam, adding the back section before joining the 2 identical pieces together.
finishing with a few border rows and sleeve edging stitch of hdc.



100g is doing almost 14 rows. 

First version i tried with a slimmer sleeve

with links to the original designer 
Elizabeth Zimmermann

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Adult Crochet Hexagon Jacket

I've made 2 adult version of the Hexagon Jacket this last week and have started a 3rd but in a plain cotton mix yarn.

 This pattern has been around since the 60's and was originally a Knitted childs jacket. 
Many have made their version in crochet since then but the link below is to the original pattern link from Elizabeth Zimmermann

Its called a

added to Ravelry in April 2007

I made my Adult version in Robin Paintbox [red/coral] and Hayfield Bonus Breeze yarn [blue/green]
Both are quite a thick dk and to give the floppy feel to the cardy, i've used a 5mm and 6 mm hook and used an extended stitch, this stitch uses slightly less yarn and I've finished the edges with hdc.

Both cardies are made with different combinations of panels and have had the stitches reduced on the sleeve section to create a narrower sleeve, not keen on the very wide sleeve you get by making just 2 basic hexagons.

There is also an additional narrow back panel to give a neck shape. 
Its a very adaptable pattern that can be made to fit everyone from a baby to a large adult..a n awesome pattern to be able to do that.

i've made both mine quite wide, with one longer than the other by using lengthening rows 
the sleeve is made narrower by reducing the stitch count on the section that becomes the sleeve.

No chain stitches between granny shells, and remove one granny shell every odd number row after the first 5 rows, on the sleeve section only other wise the basic granny shell and chain one between for all other sides.

Made with an approximate 18-20 round Hexagon